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Relationship between 25OHD serum level and relapse rate in multiple sclerosis patients before and after vitamin D supplementation A study in which 156 RRMS patients were supplemented for 2,5 years with a moderate vitamin D dose (3000 IU/day) has reported a marked reduction of relapses (more than 50%).
The vitamin D3 supplementation increasing vitamin D serum levels, up to 110 nmol/L (44 ng/ml), with a plateau effect beyond this level. Suggesting, therefore, that it is particularly useful to correct vitamin D deficiency in MS patients when present. Vitamin D deficiency (< 100 nmol/L) is present in 90% of the MS patients. Furthermore, because of the plateau effect beyond 110-120 nmol/L, it may not be necessary to prescribe high, not physiological vitamin D doses (beyond 4000 IU/day).
Researchers say this adds weight to suggestions of a link between vitamin D deficiency and MS.
There is a link between vitamin D and MS, with higher levels of vitamin D shown to guard against the development of MS in children and young adults. Three papers published this week in the same issue of the journal Neurology, have investigated this relationship further. The first paper confirmed that lower levels of vitamin D are also associated with a higher number of relapses in people with MS.
"We want to investigate whether there is a correlation between a patient's vitamin D blood levels and the prevention of further disease activity, which we can monitor using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans."
He said the link between vitamin D and the inflammatory disease appeared strong, with a 2008 study confirming a significantly higher incidence of MS in places further away from the equator, where there was less sunlight.
Originally posted by jiggerj
reply to post by Starwise
I am scared and even though I feel as though I have great support from my friends, nobody can ever really understand.
A couple of suggestions:
1. First thing to do before you get too depressed is join an online forum for MS. Obvious reasons are that maybe you won't feel so alone, and maybe others with MS can offer SOMETHING to help you.
edit on 7/14/2012 by jiggerj because: (no reason given)